Winter climbing Cairngorms Scotland

A taste of Winter climbing in the Cairngorms

Coire an t-Sneachda


Starting our walk from the  funicular railway entrance we crunched through the snow away from the ski runs and towards snowy peaks. The morning was quiet and the grouse’s calls echoed across the vast land. As Sneachda came into sight it dominated the landscape in front of us with towering cliff tops shearing up through the snow.

Across from Aladdin’s buttress was fluted buttress forming part of the horseshoe. Our climb was central gully, left most of the trident gullies. It was a 135m stretch rated at grade I, the snow was solid and the sun was shinning, perfect conditions for my first winter climb.

Using crampons and an ice axe we clambered our way up the steep mountain side stopping to belay when the rope ended. As we reached the top the wind sprayed icy frost in our faces and took the views from us. The achievement of pulling up over the top on the final ice axe grip was fantastic, the white out that greeted us couldn’t take the smile from my face.




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